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A Boatful of Lemons: An Unforgettable Summer on the Amalfi Coast

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Wendy Holloway: About a decade ago I went to a fish shop in Positano and I was watching them load fish coming from the port into the shop, just the most gorgeous fish. And then at a certain point one of the people in the shop loaded up a ton of fish and put it on his shoulder to walk off somewhere. And I said, “Where are you going?” And he said, “Oh, I'm taking this to a restaurant.” They'll often come and sit down at the table with us and they have great food. We go there and they know us well, so we like the fact that we will go there and sit down and they won't even show us the menu, they'll just bring us food. They do these great platters with a bit of everything on them. So if you're doing it for the money, no, you need to find yourself a publisher who's going to publish it and get it out in the shops and everything.

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Wendy Holloway: I did look up the Bar Internazionale, which is kind of a classic historic bar. It’s been around forever.I can remember everybody being so horrified by me and slowly, slowly people teaching me how to feed myself. Having been to the Amalfi Coast multiple times over the past few decades, I am always searching for novels set in this colorful seaside setting that I love. This is the first novel that really captures the place AND has great characters and a unique and believable plot. You accurately portray life in Positano including local dishes and venues that have been around forever since the time when this book takes place. Wendy Holloway: I’ll share a little story with you. Before we were married, my husband took me to Positano in 1982 or 1983. We went there, driving along the Amalfi coast. It's so breathtaking. So I might think to myself, okay, we've got all these vegetables now. I really should go into the kitchen and make something out of them. I look at what I have and say, I can make this and I can make that. So I go to the kitchen, got the phone on a little tripod. And everything takes double the time because you're moving the camera around and trying to film yourself chopping vegetables and cooking.

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It's not often planned, we normally do it quite spontaneously. We only film with my phone, and we really don't have any special equipment. I would finish the book when we were only supposed to read the first chapter. So I loved reading and me and my mum together, we always talked about writing a book one day, and it was something that we both loved the idea of doing. We talked about maybe doing it separately or doing it together, but it was a dream that we both had. And then the other one that we go to quite often is our nearest restaurant to home, the Ritrovo up in Montepertuso, which is a beautiful little restaurant in the little piazza up in the town square. Anyway, the consequence was the world was going to end and everybody had to figure out where to go and a load of them went up into space. And Seven Eves - I never really considered why was it called that until I'd finished it the book - is left with just seven women, and they're the only humans left, and they have to figure out how to become Eve and repopulate the human race. November to March you can fully enjoy the area, tourist-free, although lots of restaurants and shops close for the winter.Wendy Holloway: I think whenever an author writes a book, even if it's fiction, you can't help but put yourself into it because you have your life of experiences, outlooks, and it has to come through in one way or another, in overt ways or very subtle ways and of course that's the case with you as well. A Boatful of Lemons is a perfect summer read and one I know I will read over and over because the writing is beautiful. An incredible debut novel by an author who has gained great popularity from blogging and a cookbook in the past. I can’t wait to see what she writes next! So... You could read it and come here and find some of the locations, some of the characters even, and really get a feel of what it was like. So, that was my intention. The book is set in 1986, the first year I came here. I wanted to write a lot of my experiences, a lot of the funny, quirky little things that happened to me over the years. And I wanted to bring them all together in one fictional story.

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